DENVER - On paper, the pitching matchup on Coors Field for Tuesday night was nothing short of inspirational.
Chad Bettis facing off against Jameson Taillon in a battle of testicular cancer survivors had emotions running high before even a single pitch was thrown.
No matter how you look at it, this faceoff was a testament to the enduring nature of the human spirit.
Unfortunately for those looking for a tight contest that showcased how each could return to elite form after such an ordeal, Bettis simply did not have it in his first game back after missing a month with a finger blister.
In order to combat the possibility of a recurrence of that injury, Bettis changed the grip on his fastball. Whether it was that or just a matter of rusty mechanics, he could not find consistency of any kind on the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates who responded to getting shut out in the first game of the series with an emphatic 10-2 win.
Taillon, on the other hand, was superb, pitching a complete game with just one blemished inning.
Bettis threw only 10 pitches in the top of the first but one of them was hammered by Starling Marte deep over the high wall in right-center field for a solo home run that gave the Pirates an early advantage.